Things can travel faster than light

The speed of light in a vacuum is a constant: 300,000km/second. However, light does not always travel through a vacuum. In water, for example, photons travel at around three-quarters that speed.
In nuclear reactors, some particles are forced up to very high speeds, often within a fraction of the speed of light. If they are passing through an insulating medium that slows light down, they can actually travel faster than the light around them.
When this happens, they cause a blue glow, known as “Cherenkov radiation”, which is (sort of) comparable to a sonic boom but with light. This is why nuclear reactors glow in the dark.
Incidentally, the slowest light has ever been recorded travelling was 17 meters per second – about 38 miles an hour – through rubidium cooled to almost absolute zero, when it forms a strange state of matter called aBose-Einstein condensate.

Everything you watched about movies about high school were not true

  • High school does not mean your hallways are full of lockers and you use them after each class. Most of the time you just carry around your backpack with you all day.
  • In movies, every student looks like a model or someone really photogenic to fit their character. This is not the case in real life.
  • Everybody is a part of a clique. This is sort of true in terms of how most people have a close circle of friends, but generally everybody is friendly or otherwise not rude. In movies you are either a cheerleader, jock, nerd, goth, or the shy teenager.
  • No students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Hollywood wants to believe that everybody who attends high school lives in a 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom house in the suburbs. Either that or they are rich and live in a mansion.
  • The school principal is not an asshole. He’s just doing his job and actually is friendly if you don’t cause trouble.
  • Prom is not the biggest part of your life – seriously this has to be the most overrated thing in high school movies. It is one day of your life that will be spent either under the influence or bored quickly. It’s more fun if you just ask out a friend instead of a secret crush. 
  • A lot of students don’t have cars, and most of them are clunkers or their parent’s. Don’t expect to drive a brand new car….ever.
  • Throwing a massive house party with tons of alcohol and booze won’t make you popular. It might open the door to socialize with students you otherwise don’t talk to, but work on your penmanship because you will be writing letters to them from a juvenile detention center.
  • The atmosphere of football games are not that nice…the field could be run down, half of the people who bought tickets aren’t watching the game, and more often than not your team isn’t that good.
  • Cutting school is not a big adventure with crazy twists. It is just you staying home instead of going to school.
  • Chances are you are failing a class because you didn’t do the work, not because the teacher hates you.


A great mystery of Hollywood “The Day The Clown Cried “

The Day The Clown Cried, starring Jerry Lewis, is about a clown who is forced by the Nazi regime, to lead Jewish concentration camp children to the gas chambers during the Holocaust. The film itself is locked in a vault and few people have actually seen it. While a behind the scenes clip turned up on You Tube a few years ago, no one knows the exact reason why it has never been released. Although, there are several rumored possibilities, including loss of financing to finish production. Some light onto this was shed by actor Harry Shearer, in a 2011 interview with Howard Stern. Over twenty years ago, Shearer saw the film and revealed it was among other things, creepy and not funny. How bad this movie really is remains a great mystery of Hollywood. If you are truly intrigued, the script is available online, as is a clip and Shearer’s Stern interview.